Hopefully, this is not too little too late, but at least the effort is unified. Democrats and progressives across the nation need to do everything possible to keep this lunatic session out of the Justice Department’s top office.
A group of more than 1,100 law school professors from across the country is sending a letter to Congress on Tuesday urging the Senate to reject the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) for attorney general.
The letter, signed by professors from 170 law schools in 48 states, is also scheduled to run as a full-page newspaper ad aimed at members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will be holding confirmation hearings for Sessions on Jan. 10-11.
“We are convinced that Jeff Sessions will not fairly enforce our nation’s laws and promote justice and equality in the United States,” states the letter, signed by prominent legal scholars including Laurence H. Tribe of Harvard Law School, Geoffrey R. Stone of the University of Chicago Law School, Pamela S. Karlan of Stanford Law School and Erwin Chemerinsky of the University of California at Irvine School of Law.
The professors — from every state except North Dakota and Alaska, which has no law school — highlight the rejection of Sessions’s nomination to a federal judgeship more than 30 years ago. Robin Walker Sterling of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, one of the organizers of the letter, said that 1,000 professors signed on within 72 hours. “Clearly, there are many, many law professors who are very uneasy with the prospect of Attorney General Sessions, and they are willing to take a public stand in opposition to his nomination,” she said.
The actual number of law professors who oppose his nomination is almost certainly higher. I personally know one who was going to sign the letter but decided against it because they wanted to keep a lower profile until getting tenure.
And so they should. Sessions’ worldview and perspective on the law is just a bit more conservative than that of Attila the Hun. With Sessions’ guidance, Trump would likely establish a secret police agency similar to East Germany’s Stasi in a matter of months.